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Not as good as The Stand, but worth reading
on January 24, 2013
I enjoyed this book, but it is not, in my opinion, as good as The Stand. In this one, the world ends in fire, not plague, but it pretty much parallels King's work after that: many different characters who represent either good or evil and whose paths eventually intersect in a climatic way, with the addition of a supernatural bad guy and other supernatural elements. I find King's character development to be superior (in fact, that is the standout feature of his writing, to me), and The Stand was definitely scarier to me, but I think Swan Song had a better twist at the end, and overall the end made more sense (King's great weakness is that his tales often go awry at the end, as if he just can't figure out how to wrap it all up). Swan Song is a well-written novel and I think fans of the PA genre will definitely want to add it to their collections.